Ron Paul: Americans Will Opt Out of Obamacare with or without Congress

Congressman Ron Paul issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold most of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

“I strongly disagree with today’s decision by the Supreme Court, but I am not surprised. The Court has a dismal record when it comes to protecting liberty against unconstitutional excesses by Congress.

“Today we should remember that virtually everything government does is a ‘mandate.’ The issue is not whether Congress can compel commerce by forcing you to buy insurance, or simply compel you to pay a tax if you don’t. The issue is that this compulsion implies the use of government force against those who refuse. The fundamental hallmark of a free society should be the rejection of force. In a free society, therefore, individuals could opt out of “Obamacare” without paying a government tribute.

“Those of us in Congress who believe in individual liberty must work tirelessly to repeal this national healthcare law and reduce federal involvement in healthcare generally. Obamacare can only increase third party interference in the doctor-patient relationship, increase costs, and reduce the quality of care. Only free market medicine can restore the critical independence of doctors, reduce costs through real competition and price sensitivity, and eliminate enormous paperwork burdens. Americans will opt out of Obamacare with or without Congress, but we can seize the opportunity today by crafting the legal framework to allow them to do so.”


  • Dan

    Ahhh, Cheryl, don’t like bullying?? THEN STOP POSTING STUPID COMMENTS. You’re asking for it here, piss off.

  • Cheryl

    I AM FREE rob!! LOL I FEEL IT, THINK IT, TASTE IT, SMELL IT, ENJOY IT, LIVE IT, SHARE IT AND WILL PROTECT IT WITH MY LIFE!!!! You are on your own pickyprick. Now I’m asking nicely, stop bullying me.

    • Rob

      I’m trying to wake you up to reality. THIS IS NOT BULLYING! If you make comments on the internet, you have to expect comments apposed to your rational, just like I expect people to state apposition to my comments. Enjoy the freedom to debate while we still can. To see where we are heading is to know where we’ve been. Yes a lot of good things have happened through the help of our Federal Government, but those are the type of things they are there for, like abolishing slavery. That’s protecting our (all people) inalienable right’s. The right to affordable healthcare and forcing people to pay for other people to murder there baby is not a right we deserve. That’s taxation without representation. It’s outside the Federal Government constitutional limits. If a law is created to support an unconstitutional right, the law is wrong. What happened to Baby’s right’s. I’m not picking on you. I’m just trying to expose lies with Truth. Not saying your lying.

      • Rob

        I am sorry about the sensitivity of your situation. It did not click in my head reading your other response to my other comment. I thought in some way, you were being funny. I am praying for you.

    • sherry

      Sorry, Cheryl, but if you think you are FREE, you are an idiot or terribly young. This country is anything BUT free these days. The federal government is regulating everything and is absolutely NOT doing the things it was originally set up to do – like protecting our borders … Ignorant children today truly scare me when they believe what you do – FREE? Not even!

      Health care costs for those that already have insurance are already rising and will continue to do so to the point that they are FORCED into the government’s version of health “care”. And these are the same people that allow Monsanto to genetically alter our food crops and then sue organic farmers whose crops are ruined by the pollen drift from a neighbor’s field. They are the same people that allow disease-causing chemicals to be used in our foods and then throw honest, hard-working farmers in jail for selling REAL food to consumers who are begging for raw milk, cheese and organic eggs and vegetables. These are the same folks who are giving away our country’s rights to NATO and allowing the Federal Reserve Bank policies (not a part of the government – just a bunch of greedy bankers) to bankrupt this county. Yeah – let’s let them decide what, when and how much I have to pay not only for my insurance, but for my actual health care as well. GREAT IDEA you stupid child …

      • Cheryl

        Clearly insurance companies and banks are the Devil….and you sound like one too! I’m not afraid of you or them.

  • Cheryl

    To KC: The States will be very involved in the implementation of the Affordable Healthcare Act. And the States will just whine & whine & whine because the Feds are telling them what to do….again. Of course, the States can secede and buy your freedom back. But remember, we’ve been there before…. I hope all of you enjoy riding your bicycles. I really enjoy mine, as does Ron Paul, in 100+ degree temperatures….right. 🙂

    • Rob

      Every one riding there government made bicycles wearing there government approved green outfits. Ah Utopia!

    • KC Ted

      Over half the states are nearing financial collapse and suffering under the burden of Medicaid. The Federal government is about to expand that burden greatly. The states will not get all of it back, just as they don’t now.

      I foresee states opting out by refusing to abide. We will find out soon enough.

      Again, it’s taxation without representation. Clear and truly.

  • Cheryl

    Ya’ll are just funny! I voted for Rep. Paul in the primaries. I am not your problem Nick…LOL As I mentioned on an earlier post agreeing with Paul, mandates are common practice on the Hill. Paul mentions this takes away our freedoms, and it does, but I still feel free! Health care reform is a battle 100 years in the making, since 1912. Presidents FDR, Eisenhower, JFK and Clinton all tried to introduce reform. Newt Gingrich introduced the mandate of health insurance in the 1990s. Inform yourself and Stop bullying me! *sigh* I have an incurable disease.

    • Rob

      THINK, don’t feel!

  • KC Ted

    Obama said it wasn’t a tax, he appears to have misrepresented it. It’s chock full of many taxes. I would call that “Taxation without representation”. Wouldn’t you?

    As far as mandated auto insurance, that is a matter of the states. The Federal Government operates under the US Constitution and it’s constraints. It is limited in power and passes all other matters down to the states. The states are able to mandate car insurance under their own laws.

    • KC Ted

      LOL @ someone giving me a thumbs down. Obama stated there would be no taxes in the plan, now we find upwards 20 different taxes involved. Plus a lot of extra riders that have little or nothing to do with the plan. The plan also costs at least three times more than the amount it was sold to the people and congress at.
      He lied about the tax aspect, he lied about the cost.

      Is lying not misrepresentation? We are being taxed for something that was passed without representation. Taxation without representation disturbed our founding fathers to the point that they took actions. It was the straw..

    • Christine

      But that’s not quite the same. For the first time in my life, I don’t own a car. My friend in Manhattan never bothered to get a driver’s license, with such a good mass transit system. So some individuals could choose not to drive, and never pay a dime in auto insurance.

      Not so with health insurance.

  • Obi

    Even Al Capone could not escape the long arm of the tax man. When all else fails, refer to the tax code.

    Why anyone would want to trust this government with your health care dollars after watching them steal billions from the social security system to balance their rididulous budgets. Come on people wake up !!!!!

    • Rob

      Al Capone/the Mafia and our current Government. What’s the difference? Control over Law making. That’s the difference.

  • Ian McClung-Ford

    Also forgot to mention, I heard Paul may not EVEN attend his own Liberty Rally previously scheduled during the Tampa, FL. Nomination. :C

    Why not?

  • Nick

    Americans like Cheryl are our main problem. We need to continue to educate people like her. We can’t lose pace.

  • Jenn

    @cheryl….you are an imbecile. Take your blindfold off!!!! Stop being cattle, herded around by a corrupt government!!!

  • Cheryl

    The Affordable Healthcare Act is good for me!! Mandate or not, I am insurable, my young-adult sons are insurable, and it just makes sense. If you must whine, whine about foreign spending and outsourcing jobs and this do-nothing congress we are stuck with. Two things are certain in life, you’re going to die and you’re going to pay taxes!! LOL not even Ron Paul can change that!!

    • Rob

      If your breathing, your insurable. How do you believe the affordable healthcare act is good for you and your young adult sons? We have never been in a healthcare crisis before in this country until the Federal Government got involved with regulating healthcare forcing cost’s to go up. Now, the Federal Government wants to force the largest tax in our history on all of us to cover the high cost’s attributed in large to there failure. Also, I DO NOT support abortion, the murdering of Human Babies. Abortion is NOT a Women’s Right issue. Unless a Woman who believes Murdering there baby is a Right that Women exclusively must have for selfish reasons. There is more to this though. Do you know about the U.N. Agenda 21? Look into it. Even better, find out about the ultimate U.N.’s ultimate agenda. listen to opponent’s to the U.N. and there agenda’s. It’s sick and inhumane. Yes, two things are certain in life, but do you want the Federal Government to make the decision whether you or your son’s will live or die against your will because they will decide whether you or your son’s are not treatable, and on top of that supporting the Federal Government’s mandate by you paying them through your taxes? That’s like signing your own death certificate. This all ties into the agenda’s the U.N. wants under a elite world control over population control. NEVER forfeit Individual Freedom, Right’s, Liberty for the “Collective Good”. That’s Communism! Communism is inherently Evil under the sneaky disguise of Environmentalist Lies and a promise of Utopia on Earth! It’s not going to happen!

  • josh

    Another difference between auto and health insurances aside from owning a car is optional, the requirement for auto-insurance is at a state not federal level government.

    • Jim

      Another important difference is that car insurance is truly insurance, that is, you buy a contract for protection against extremely rare events of a very costly nature that you, through careful driving, are always striving to avoid. Health insurance is different, since when you buy it, you know you’re going to use it. We humans are always getting sick, aging, and injuring ourselves–and these occurrences are relatively frequent and often beyond our control. We know we’re going to need medical services every year–we hope never to have an auto accident.

  • Cheryl

    So many issues are far more important than this one. Get over it Republicans!

    • Alex

      You are right Cheryl the biggest social program every design by the US government isnt a issue.

  • Mark Voelker

    I fail to understand how *forcing* everyone to buy health insurance will help anyone but the health insurance industry.

    Hmmm . . . . did the health insurance industry have any influence in writing the law?

  • Shaun Fernadnez

    What “cheryl” and other people fail to realize is this:

    You are NOT required to buy auto insurance because you are NOT required to drive a car. You can use public transportation, a friend, or a bicycle. Requiring everyone to buy healthcare is not the same thing, please wake up.

    • Scott R

      It’s worse then that… at least with auto insurance you have hundreds of insurance companies to choose from, so there is competition which drives prices down. For health care, we are pretty much stuck with what work gives us or Obamacare. No choice… when you take the free market out you can only get shortages and/or higher prices. We are pretty screwed eh?

  • Mack K

    I don’t understand. How CAN we opt out of it if it is now law or face tax penalty…and if refuse to pay penalty, then what? Jail? Freeze your bank accts? Take your property? How do we opt out….without joining the Amish (who got a religious exemption…even as other religions did not. Guess they are the “wrong” religion).

    • sherry

      Maybe we should all become Amish …

  • If I don’t have the power to fine nor imprison you for not doing something I demand, what right does any federal or corporate entity?

  • Lisa Shinn

    I wish that I could wake up from this nightmare that I’m in. This is not the United
    States of America I grew up in or thought that I grew up in. Yet on some level, when I look back through the years I see how we have slowly been loosing our freedom, piece by piece. For me I think that it started with the seatbelt law!

  • Cheryl

    The key statement in Ron Paul’s released is:

    “Today we should remember that virtually everything government does is a ‘mandate’.”

    Therefore, we do not live in a free society. So if we are forced to purchase other insurances (auto insurance as an example), then today’s ruling was a victory for the Rule of Law, and Congress does indeed have the authority to enact an affordable health care act. Human rights must always be protected. I honestly still feel free so I’ll play by the rules. Thank you President Obama for making this issue priority!!

    • Tim

      The only problem with your argument is that not everyone is forced to buy car insurace. Only those who chose to buy a car. It’s an understood added expense to something that you chose to own. No one forces me to pay rent, but I do because I want a house to live in.

  • Mike Weber

    Ron Paul for president and any other person running for office that believes in the constitution!

    • Ian McClung-Ford

      Johnson 2012; Paul is not a true libertarian when it comes to Abortion, and soft balls too much on Gay marriage, although it is not a pet issue of mine. Further, he told us to “be respectful” at the Republican Nomination in Tampa, FL. amidst his son’s Obamney endorsement (yes, I do know his real name is Mitt Romney, or should I say Willard). Paul shouldn’t have tried a delegate strategy if he didn’t plan to fight it ALL THE WAY ’till November. People feel lost and disenfranchised by supporting him this time, we thought he had a chance. If he ran in those states he chose not to…he could’ve started a HUGE upset. Besides, he should’ve pointed out all the fraud and intimidation the party elites committed during the election. I really liked Paul, but he fell too fast for me out of nowhere. I loved him last election as well, although I stupidly voted for the dunce McCain as a OBAMA~NO vote.

      • Scott R

        Paul has said that his personal views are that Abortion is wrong, but that it should be left to the states to decide. I myself am against abortion as well, but, am willing to compromise and keep it a state issue on the basis of protecting freedom of religion. On the other hand, I would like to see federal / tax payer funding for abortion go bye bye to protect MY freedom of religion.

        It IS a tough one though, because if you believe that there is a spirit already present at conception, then it really is murder to you, and people are protected by the “life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness” clause. I don’t think any of us will EVER find out for sure until we’re gone.

  • Derek Galarza

    Amen. Ron Paul for President!